What’s the Difference Between Blizzard Fleece and Anti-Pill?

Ever wonder what’s the difference between Blizzard and Anti-Pill Fleece? Me, too. So I went on an expedition and here’s what I found.

‘Blizzard’ is a Brand Name

‘Blizzard’ is a brand name for this particular manufacturer’s version of polar fleece. ‘Polar fleece’ is simply a catch-all phrase used to describe fleece that’s designed to be warmer than, say, regular fleece like anti-pill. Polartec Fleece, another brand name and the original polar fleece, was actually the first polar fleece created using the process of spinning plastic into yarn.

‘Fleece’ Isn’t Really Fleece, At All

You might picture ‘fleece’ like I did – that elusive golden sheep’s coat at the top of the mountain. But both Blizzard and Anti-Pill Fleece, and fleece by any other name for that matter, aren’t made of sheep’s wool at all. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles. So take pleasure in the fact that every time you buy a yard of Blizzard you’re helping the environment.

The Difference Between Blizzard and Anti-Pill Fleece

Blizzard Fleece is smoother than Anti-Pill. It’s also a bit denser, which makes it warmer to wear if you’re using it for apparel or blankets. Blizzard won’t unravel so there’s no need to finish seam edges if you’re using it for apparel. This also makes it ideal for making no-sew projects like tie-blankets, throws, scarves, and pillows. However, Blizzard Fleece will pill under regular use or when washed so keep this in mind when choosing fleece for your projects.

Anti-Pill Fleece is a bit lighter and less dense than Blizzard, making it the better choice for sleepwear because it’s not as heavy and you won’t get too warm to sleep. It also has more stretch to it. Anti-Pill is also ideal no-sew projects like tie-blankets, throws, scarves, and pillows, because it also does not unravel. The major selling-point here is that Anti-Pill is designed to have little or no pilling, even after repeated washings.

Tips For Using Blizzard and AP Fleece

  • Cutting any fleece will quickly dull your scissors so have a new, back-up pair handy.
  • Rotary cutters make it easier to get straighter, sharper lines when cutting fleece.
  • It’s best to use a ballpoint needle to sew fleece.

For more information on all the different types of fleece available at Joann, here’s a link to their Fleece Buying Guide.

Donna Anderson

I loved my time working behind the cutting counter at Joann Fabrics but I love shopping at Joann Fabrics even more! What are you making today?


  • donjamarie

    Thank you, Donna! I’ve had such a difficult time trying to figure out the difference between these two types of fleece. We make and then give away over 400 fleece tie blankets to young children every November through our nonprofit. I never knew which type of fleece would be best. Now I’m thinking anti-pill since it will be younger children who might need their blankets washed more often. Plus, thanks for the information about fleece being made from recycled bottles!
    So glad I found your informative blog!

  • Paula Chalk

    I have just found out I have 7 children that will be coming for a week this Christmas. Thought this would be a good time to make some small Kid friendly throws to have around and they can take them back home when they go. ( Just maybe they will be a reminder to them if if their Christmas they spent in Florida) .
    I have wanted to do some fleece projects but have strayed away because I wasn’t sure which fleece would be the best or if it even made a difference.
    Thank you so much for taking your time to post.
    Happy Holidays

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